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The Palomar area is seeing surging growth. See why it’s thriving and what’s next.

‘Couldn’t pick a better area’ Sedona one of many new businesses opening at Palomar

Sedona Taphouse off of Harrodsburg Road is one of many new businesses opening in the area around Palomar Centre.
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Sedona Taphouse off of Harrodsburg Road is one of many new businesses opening in the area around Palomar Centre.

The Palomar area of Harrodsburg Road — that stretch of road past Man o’ War Boulevard and before Firebrook and the Jessamine County line — is booming with both retail and residential development.

Leading the boom will be the Fountains at Palomar, a big project for which the Urban County Planning Commission approved a zone change in March.

Located at Man o’ War and Harrodsburg, it will include a grocery store, restaurants and a hotel. But if you’ve been looking for construction activity, you may have to wait a bit longer.

Ron Tritschler, a director and senior counsel at the Webb Cos., a developer of the project, said that stormwater issues in the area are requiring extra work before a final proposal can be unveiled.

“We’re still working on the proposal to do the development,” Tritschler said. “All that is being considered, but it’s subject to putting the final plans together, working on a TIF (tax-increment financing) application and so forth,” he said.

The area takes its name from Palomar Hills, a group of housing developments built in the early 1990s that now includes 663 homes on more than 200 acres.

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Site work continues for the new Ethington Shoppes, 4235 Harrodsburg Road. This is one of several new developments, both retail and residential, along the area around Palomar, in the area around the intersection of Man o’ War Boulevard and Harrodsburg Road. Charles Bertram cbertram@herald-leader.com

Projects under construction include the Ethington Shoppes at 4235 Harrodsburg Road, a group of neighborhood shops with a convenience store and gas station. Those are expected to open in 2019.

Palomar View Apartments also has two buildings under construction at 4121 Reserve Road. The apartments’ rent starts at $750 for a one-bedroom.

Ball Homes is ramping up a new phase of its Tracery Oaks development, off Harrodsburg Road in the Military Pike area. The Ball Homes website describes the appeal thus: “Close to Firebrook, and near Beaumont and Palomar’s amenities, Tracery Oaks is also convenient to the neighborhood shops and dining of Elkhorn Village.”

Personnel at the neighboring Sedona Tap Room and Kentucky One Health Palomar locations think the businesses have picked a winning location.

“We evaluated locations that would expand our ministry of care near our campus in order to provide patients in this area with additional options and easier access, and to meet the increasing desire for walk-in service and expanded hours,” Kathy Love, vice president of strategy for KentuckyOne Health, said in a statement.

“The Palomar area met those objectives. ... On a larger scale, the tremendous retail and residential growth in that area offered an opportunity to provide easy access for patients coming into Lexington on the Harrodsburg Road corridor.”

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Sedona Taphouse, 3600 Palomar Centre Drive. This is one of several new businesses, both retail and residential, along the area around Palomar, at Man o’ War Boulevard and Harrodsburg Road. Charles Bertram cbertram@herald-leader.com

Lori Rossi, who with her husband Eric owns the Sedona Tap Room in Palomar Centre, said that Eric looked around Lexington for about a year and a half seeking the right location.

“We tend to stay a little bit busy,” Rossi said. “We get a lot of people in and out, because there are a lot of offices around us. ... Traffic is a little bit of a problem, but you take what you can, as long as we’re successful.”

Sedona has been open for eight weeks. Rossi said that nearby restaurants Malone’s and Harry’s American Bar & Grill have been excellent neighbors, more helpful than competitive.

“They help us, we help them.”



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